TOLO News | 14th November
The UN Secretary-General in his independent assessment of the situation of Afghanistan said that needs of Afghans should be addressed, and a roadmap should be created to facilitate engagement between the international community and Afghanistan.
The second part of the assessment recommends:
“Building Confidence by Addressing the Immediate Needs of Afghans, continuing cooperation on key security, regional and political Issues, A roadmap for reintegration of the state of Afghanistan into the international system, mechanisms to support engagement.”
Daily Mirror | 15th November
In conjunction of the tenth anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the Communist Party of China (CPC) enhanced its engagement with political parties, including those in Sri Lanka, in pursuit of further success of the project in the next decade.
The CPC concluded its BRI Dialogue with the representatives of political parties from South Asia and Southeast Asia in Kunming on November 10, the capital of China’s Yunnan Province considered the
gateway to connectivity to these regions.
The Nation | 14th November
Crucial policy-level talks between Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) started on Monday as Islamabad is looking for the second tranche worth of $710 million under the $3 billion standby loan
The technical talks between the two sides had started from November 2 in Islamabad that involved an exchange of the latest data, first quarter (July to September) data and queries and clarifications on all
macroeconomic areas. The policy level talks, which were started on Monday, are expected to complete within the current week.
Dawn | 14th November
BBC Urdu, in an extensive report published on Tuesday, claimed that Pakistan entered into a $364 million arms sales agreement with two private US companies last year. These weapons were allegedly sent to Ukraine for its war with Russia.
The Russia-Ukraine crisis began last year when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the latter’s invasion on February 24.
The Foreign Office has denied any sale of arms and ammunition to Ukraine, saying that Pakistan maintained a policy of “strict neutrality” in the dispute between the two countries and did not provide them with any arms or ammunition in that context.
The Express Tribune | 14th November
China’s envoy to Pakistan, Jiang Zaidong, on Monday emphasised the consolidation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and again offered cooperation in the agriculture and mining sectors, aiming to alleviate Islamabad’s financial woes.
Zaidong articulated his country’s vision for the next decade under CPEC. This vision focuses more on the 21st century’s economy rather than the brick-and-mortar model cherished by Islamabad. The ambassador spoke moments before the introspective speech by Chinese scholar Viktor Gao, who urged Islamabad not to perceive CPEC only through the lens of infrastructure and energy projects.
The News | 14th November
As Pakistan witnesses a significant surge in diabetes patients, it has been revealed that the disease is in fact linked to a significant number of premature deaths in the country.
The worrisome revelation was made during a seminar organised by the Institute of Public Health (IPH) on World Diabetes Day with the experts highlighting the risks of diabetes attributing it to diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, renal failure, and blindness.
Colombo Page | 13th November
Sri Lanka and Sweden convened the first round of bilateral political consultations virtually at senior official level on 09 November 2023.
The consultations took place on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries which will be celebrated in 2024.
The consultations focused on consolidating existing multifaceted partnership and identifying new avenues for increased cooperation.
The Island | 14th November
State Minister of Finance, Shehan Semasinghe at a Press Briefing held at the Presidential Media Centre (PMC) today (14), under the theme ‘Collective path to a stable country’ said that the anticipated economic growth for the year 2024 is projected at 1.8% and underscored the government’s paramount commitment to fostering a robust economy during this period.
The Khaama Press | 14th November
The Foreign Affairs Committee of the United States House of Representatives is thoroughly examining President Biden’s policies regarding Afghanistan.
On Tuesday evening, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the United States House of Representatives announced its intention to hold a hearing session to examine the Biden administration’s policy towards Afghanistan since the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country.
Afghanistan Times | 11th November
Russia has dispatched 40 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan in response to the recent seismic upheaval in Herat, according to an announcement by the Russian Foreign Ministry. The Russian Defense Ministry orchestrated the delivery via two specialized flights aimed at aiding the affected population.
The Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement, released on their official website, highlighted the delivery of this substantial cargo to Kabul on November 11.
Prothom Alo | 15th November
Chief election commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal will announce the schedule of the next general election while addressing the nation this evening.
Election commission secretary Jahangir Alam made the disclosure to the journalists at a briefing this morning.
He said the EC will hold a meeting at 5:00 pm before the announcement of the schedule.
Security has been beefed up around the EC office, Nirbachan Bhaban, at the city’s Agargaon. Vehicular movement has been restricted in some roads in the area.
Bangladesh Post | 14th November
The connectivity between people-to-people is essential for bilateral trade as it is still playing a significant role in facilitating trade and commerce between nations.
FBCCI President Mahbubul Alam made the remarks during a meeting with the visiting delegation from the Foreign Service Academy at FBCCI Icon in the capital’s Motijheel on Monday.
The Foreign Service Academy delegation, led by Rector Mashfee Binte Shams, made the visit as part of their 29th diplomatic training course for foreign affairs officers and a special program for diplomats from ASEAN member countries, said a press release.
Dhaka Tribune | 15th November
UN experts have expressed concerns about a severe crackdown against workers demanding fair wages and political activists calling for a free and fair election, judicial harassment of journalists, human rights defenders and civil society leaders, and failure to reform laws suppressing freedom of expression in Bangladesh.
“As Bangladesh heads towards national elections in early 2024, we are deeply disturbed by the sharp rise in political violence, arrests of senior opposition leaders, mass arbitrary detention of thousands of political activists, use of excessive force by the authorities and internet shutdowns to disrupt protests, and allegations of harassment, intimidation and unlawful detention of family members as a retaliatory measure,” the experts said in a statement on Tuesday, as the Human Rights Council completed its periodic review of the human rights situation in the country.
Kuensel | 14th November
Urgent innovative and multi-sectoral actions are needed to adapt to and mitigate the threats from the crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution in Bhutan. The country requires USD 0.385 billion for adaptation and USD 0.6 billion for mitigation initiatives in the short-term, according to the Nationally Determined Contribution (NCD) report.
Bhutan has been accessing funds for climate financing projects from several areas. However, the process of accessing the finance is cumbersome.
Daily Bhutan | 9th November
During the visit, His Majesty met many senior officials including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
India and Bhutan share exceptional bonds of friendship and collaboration marked by a profound understanding and mutual confidence. This visit offers a chance for both nations to assess their comprehensive cooperation and strengthen their outstanding bilateral partnership, spanning various fields.
The Edition | 15th November
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Monday, said that over the last five years, the foreign policy of the country was focused on protecting and upholding Maldives’ peace as the top priority.
He made these remarks while speaking at the ceremony held at the President’s Office on Monday morning, November 13, to confer the Most Distinguished Foreign Service medal to two long-serving individuals.
Sun | 14th November
Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer presented the budget in Parliament today as members of Parliament belonging to The Democrats tried to obstruct him.
Next year’s budget and supplementary budget for this year were on the agenda for today’s sitting.
Earlier, the no-confidence motion was tabled against Nasheed. The minister did not attend the session to present the budget on the advice of the Attorney General.
Therefore, the Democrats said the minister was present in Parliament today after violating the privileges of the entire Parliament.
Raajje | 12th November
The Maldives has welcomed 1,561,197 tourists by 08 November 2023.
This was disclosed by the Ministry of Tourism via their latest tourism updates statistics publicized on 09 November 2023.
Statistics shows that this is a 12.8 percent increase compared to the 1,383,591 welcomed into the Maldives by 08 November 2022.
In 2021, Maldives welcomed 1,051,593 tourists, between 01 January to 08 November.
The Irrawaddy | 10th November
China signed power-purchase agreements with Myanmar’s regime on Tuesday in Naypyitaw, according to the Chinese Embassy.
The signing ceremony, attended by Chinese ambassador Chen Hai and the junta’s electricity minister, Nyan Tun, agreed the purchase of electricity from three solar projects jointly implemented by Power China Resources Ltd and Myanmar’s electricity ministry.
Myanmar Now | 14th November
Hundreds of advocacy organisations urged more severe restrictions on the Myanmar regime and its associates this month and denounced Western governments’ alleged attempts to engage with junta officials.
In an open letter dated November 2 —addressed to Australian minister of foreign affairs Penny Wong—the Australian-based Myanmar Campaign Network (MCN) and more than 400 other civil society organisations requested that the government expand its sanctions list to target more entities and individuals associated with and enriching the Myanmar junta.
The Himalayan Times | 9th November
It has been many weeks since Hira BK of Aathbiskot in Rukum West visited her maternal home. Managing time for her brothers and their children became challenging amid her household chores, leaving her overwhelmed with longing to see them.
Finally, on November 3, she found the time to visit her siblings. Upon arrival, Hira was warmly greeted and received with hospitality by her brothers. Delicacies were offered, and they spent quality time catching up.
The Kathmandu Post | 11th November
The government has decided to provide Rs50,000 per family to survivors rendered homeless by the Jajarkot earthquake to construct temporary shelters.
A disaster management committee meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha on Friday decided to provide the amount to the affected families for the purchase of materials including corrugated zinc sheets for temporary shelters.
Finance Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat, Urban Development Minister Sita Gurung and heads of disaster management and security agencies also attended the meeting.
Onlinekhabar | 10th November
Nepal experienced a record inflow of remittances in the last month.
According to Nepal Rastra Bank, Nepal received remittances amounting to Rs 136.97 billion in the last month. This marks the highest monthly remittance ever recorded in Nepal.
This has brought the total remittance inflow for the current fiscal year to Rs 365 billion.
The influx in remittance has also improved Nepal’s foreign reserve by 6.7 per cent over the past three months. NRB says Nepal’s foreign reserve currently stands at Rs 1.643 trillion.